Since an early age, the arts have informed my life. In the mid to late 80’s, my mother was a docent for the Southern Ohio Museum Arts and Cultural Center (SOMACC) and editor of “Fun Magazine”, a booklet comprised of local drawings and stories submitted by area youth. Being exposed to those experiences helped guide me into my current profession. As Marketing Program Officer for the Scioto Foundation, I am able to bridge my past with the present. It thrills me that my dance partner, Chad Welch, has a similar dedication to the arts. Welch is a veteran SOMACC Cirque d’ Art performer under the guidance of the Cirque Director, “Miss Pegi” Wilkes, an amazing instructor and supporter of the arts who along with creative guru, Sharee Price, will help direct our dance into a “performance of the century”.
A 2001 graduate of Notre Dame High School, I was active in swimming, weight lifting and track. Sadly, my swim coach, Marcia Sanderlin passed away this summer. Marcia had a great influence on me and instilled in us a “never give-up" attitude, no matter how difficult times become. Her positive spirit, along with the encouraging Catholic environment from my family and the Notre Dame schools, shaped my commitment to giving back to the community, even if it takes me out of my comfort zone. Knowing my actions have a positive effect brings me great joy, for the benefit I bring to others is the most valuable currency there is.
I feel very fortunate to be an ambassador for our local Red Cross along with my dancing partner Chad Welch, not only to encourage others to assist those who have lost everything in a fire or flood, but also to repay a kindness shown to me early in life. When I was born, I was severely jaundiced and in need a blood transfusion. Because of a compassionate stranger, my life was spared. My family and I are ever mindful of and grateful for this individual’s life-changing gift. Our local Red Cross offers several blood drives throughout the year and I encourage you to give if you are able.
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